For centuries since (and likely before) black women and their bodies have been smeared by stereotypes of hypersexuality simultaneously displayed and denigrated, their individuality and self-determination suppressed by the whims of the white male gaze.Goude, a white man, embodies this exploitative obsession.Just a week ago, Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian posted a picture on Instagram of herself, Kim and sister Kourtney Kardashian with the caption: "The only KKK to ever let black men in."It's like saying, "Hey, people of color, don't be so freaked out about the Ku Klux Klan threatening 'lethal force' against protesters in Ferguson because, ya know, the KKK is a joke. " Why can't everyone just have a sense of humor about racism and sexism like the Kardashians?When the subject of racial bias does come up, the Kardashians often claim ignorance."To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought," Kim Kardashian wrote on her blog last year soon after giving birth."We don't want to reduce ignorance to prejudice," Alexis Mc Gill Johnson, executive director of Perception Institute, said of the Kardashians."Blacks are the premise of my work," he said in 1979."I have jungle fever."As Yomi Adegoke wrote in the Guardian in September, non-black women have a history of appropriating black women's bodies and culture.If I had not discovered masturbation, I would have spent the majority of my time sitting on shed roofs, like a cat on heat, yowling at the moon. As we are the half of the world that still doesn't get to say as much as men (see stats earlier), how we look works by way of our opening paragraph in any social setting.
She's like a buck-naked Trojan horse for a devious message: that the rest of us shouldn't get our panties in a bunch about sexism and racism because, hey, Kim Kardashian is laughing about it. The A-list couple posed for photos with Giordano's staff following lunch. It's as impossible to untangle for Kardashian as it is for her entire family.If she did, her defense might be that she's subverting the image — she's not being exploited by society; she's exploiting us.If society gives you racial and sexual exploitation, make lemonade, right?What she can't do — isn't, I would argue, trying to do — is speak...It's unclear whether Kardashian knew about her photo's ugly context.There's a reason why God designed our bodies so that, when we lie down in bed, our hands naturally come to rest on our genitals. It's the Lord's way of saying, "Go on, have a fiddle. And then, when you go out into the world, you won't be waiting for some bloke to come along and have sex on you. She can allow it to be photographed and Photoshopped.She can take pride in it and profit from it and predict that the mere sight of it unclothed will #Break The Internet.But it would certainly help if the Kardashians weren't so recklessly feeding the biases and stereotypes we know make it harder for women and people of color, and especially women of color, to succeed.Washington Post Sally Kohn is an essayist and a CNN political commentator.